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Matt Baker is in Cornwall to meet Julian Jackson, who lost his sight in 2010 and is raising money for a vision charity by walking from Land's End to John O'Groats.

Matt Baker is in Cornwall to meet Julian Jackson, who lost his sight in 2010 and is raising money for a vision charity by walking from Land's End to John O'Groats, following spring as it spreads northwards through the country.

Ellie Harrison hears about a project that has brought beavers back to the riverbanks of Cornwall after a 400-year absence.

Steve Brown takes to the warm spring waters in a catamaran, hoping to spot some seasonal marine life.

Tom's looking at why farmers can be at high risk of suicide and discovers what's being done to help one particular group.

Adam and Charlotte meet up with the first of three finalists as they search for the Countryfile Farming Hero for 2018.

55 minutes

Last on

Tue 8 May 2018 02:30

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Rock Pool Discovery

Rock Pool Discovery

Matt sets out on a journey through spring and his first stop is Portreath beach. 

He's meeting with local rock pool enthusiast and blogger Heather Buttivant to see what signs of spring are coming alive in the inter-tidal regions. 

Heather’s son is also on hand to show Matt a thing or two about best rockpooling techniques, but who will find the most new life springing up beneath the water?

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Ellie is on a farm just outside Truro to find out how reintroducing a native, but much misunderstood, animal could benefit the local landscape and local people. 

Ellie meets with farmer Chris Jones who has introduced beavers onto his farm and finds out what sort of changes they've brought. 

Ellie also meets Cheryl Marriott, head of nature conservation at Cornwall Wildlife Trust, to find out how the ongoing monitoring of the project is going.

Farmers at risk

Farmers at risk
Tom meets Keith Ineson, a chaplain who runs a helpline for gay farmers.
Farming has one of the highest suicide rates of any profession, while gay and bi-sexual men are also more likely to attempt to take their own lives than others. 
Put the two together and the worry is that there is a group of people in our rural communities at high risk. So what support is out there right now?

Marine Discovery

Marine Discovery

Steve heads to Newlyn Harbour for his first sea safari. 

He meets up with local skippers and wildlife researchers Hannah and Duncan Jones, who know this stretch of water like the back of their hands.

In fact, they know it so well that they even have names for the local wildlife!

Steve's hoping they can help him see Cornwall's grey seals and find out about the important work being done to protect them.

Find out more about Cornwall's grey seals

Farming Hero finalist

Farming Hero finalist
Adam and Charlotte catch up with the first of our Countryfile Farming Hero finalists: Robert Smyth Robert donated part of his liver to his cousin, Aaron. His selfless act saved Aaron's life but, although the operation was successful, Robert has been left with severe pain. Despite this, he has carried on running his beef and arable farm, helping out his neighbours and at the local rugby club.

Kurt Jackson

Kurt Jackson

Ellie is on the clifftops around Land’s End, following in the footsteps of J.M.W Turner.

The famous artist produced landscapes of the area to sell Cornwall to tourists who couldn't go abroad because of the Napoleonic Wars! 

Ellie is meeting with renowned environmental-artist Kurt Jackson, who has been re-tracing Turner’s footsteps and creating his own artwork showcasing how the landscapes have changed in the last two centuries.

Big Blind Walk

Big Blind Walk

Matt meets Julian Jackson and Richard Winstanley to take in the smells, sounds and textures of Cornwall's beaches and woodland.

Julian is blind and Richard is his childhood friend and walking companion. 

The pair were last on Countryfile for the Battle of the Somme centenary bike ride and now Julian is taking on his next challenge - the Big Blind Walk from Land’s End to John O'Groats.


Role Contributor
Presenter Charlotte Smith
Presenter Adam Henson
Presenter Tom Heap
Presenter Steve Brown
Presenter Ellie Harrison
Presenter Matt Baker
Executive Producer William Lyons
Series Producer Joanna Brame


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